Monday, April 11, 2016

All Sufficient Grace

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
- 2 Corinthians 12: 9
My grandson, Nathaniel, is six years old.  Today he was honored for being on the A-B honor roll in his first grade class.  Nathaniel is smart, funny, sweet, and has a will of iron.  You can see that he wears glasses.  He also has a hearing aid.  Nathaniel only has about half the hearing in one ear.  The other ear has none. 
It was a bit devastating when we learned - a little over a year ago - that he has this hearing loss.  Facing this kind of thing involves the whole family.  Nathaniel has done his share of fussing.  It's hard for a little guy to endure the sticks and probes of all the testing and then they stick that goop in your ear to make the mold for the hearing aid.  Honestly, he handled it better than a lot of adults would have.  In the end, he sticks his "ear" on and goes about life.  It never occurs to him that he's impaired. 
You can imagine how it thrills and encourages this grandmother's heart to watch Dancing With The Stars and see the incredible dancing of the man named Nyle.  He is totally deaf since birth.  And he is one of the best dancers this season.  He hears nothing, but hits every beat.  Fantastic!
The Apostle Paul shared in 2 Corinthians that he had a thorn in his flesh...something that God gave him the grace to live with.  All you need is my grace, God told him.  My power shines brightest in the weakest places. 
And that grace is sufficient for everything we need.